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as commander of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. he met with american troops in the war zone, and just two weeks before heading home to take on his new job as cia director, he spoke one on one with nbc about america's mission. >> happy fourth of july to all of you. >> reporter: it's his eighth fourth of july in a combat zone, but the last in uniform for general david petraeus. he spent the day visiting some of the thousands of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan. a farewell tour for a general many consider a rock star who found himself asking these tough as nails troops to just relax. >> the best way to relax is to put your hands in your pockets. that means you right there. go ahead. in fact, i'll put nem in my pockets, too, here. >> reporter: credited with helping turn the iraq war around, petraeus was tapped by president obama a year ago to do the same in afghanistan. he admits it it hasn't been easy. >> i never felt we could flip afghanistan the way we were able to flip iraq. >> reporter: a tough situation, but he insists not hopeless. >> the situation here is very hard without question. it
decisions on the debt and afghanistan the last few weeks and all the while the geniuses who ran his 2008 campaign have been huddled with their maps and polls, figuring out how to put together a repeat victory. what's the anatomy of a re-election win for obama. he has 4-5, 81% of the people who voted for him last night according to a june nbc poll. what happened to the other 20% of obama's 2008 voters and how does he win them back? let's look at three skenl elements in the anatomy of the obama electorate. in the 2008 exit polls, obama got 66% of voters under 30. now he has just 56% of the under 30's. good? maybe not good enough. another key in the anatomy, suburban voters. any 08 exit polls, 50% of suburbanites went for obama. now he's down to 141%. final will laveragee pin in the obama win n '08 he had 52% of independents. now he has just 43% of independents. john, you wrote game changer about how he did it last time. how do they put, the geniuses out there in chicago and washington, humenty dumpty together again? >> they will be happy to hear you calling them geniuses for sure. the plac
they fought for. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> soldiers in afghanistan celebrated the fourth of july with a special flag raising ceremony. they listened to speeches and sang patriotic songs. two weeks ago, president barack obama announced plans for an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops from afghanistan by the end of the year, with another 32,000 by the end of 2012. as of late may, 1610 americans have been killed in the war in afghanistan spit and attempted robbery in dundalk leads to a stabbing that sent one man to the hospital. the victim was stabbed at rolling road around 10:00 last night. the man was taken to johns hopkins and his condition was unknown this noon. no word on a suspect or possible motive. baltimore city police are looking for the person who was -- who shot a man in east baltimore a man was walking at the 1600 block of around 9:30 sunday morning when he was shot in the head. the victim was taken the hospital, where he is in stable condition. as the gunmen who shot a man several times in northeast baltimore is still at large, investigators believe that the 27-year-ol
night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
. >>> in afghanistan tonight a lot of unanswered questions about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, anne. am ahmed wali karzai, he was lured out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure and an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, anne? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two residents of the international space station stepped outside to retrieve a broken ammonia pump so it could be returned to earth for examination. it was the final space walk of the american shuttle era. meantime, the land
. >>> this was the last day in afghanistan for america's best-known general, david petraeus, who transferred command of u.s. and nato troops to his replacement, general john allen. a west point graduate with a princeton phd, easily the most celebrated modern day general officer is leaving to run the cia as the u.s. prepares for a gradual drawdown from afghanistan. >>> when we come back here tonight, new reeveryone is on head injuries, dementia and alzheimer's, and the group that researchers are most concerned about tonight. >>> they may have come up short in the end, but u.s. team is still "american idol"s. your sho. one day i'm on p of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders
fletcher, nbc news, oslo, norway. >>> as the u.s. prepares to withdraw troops from afghanistan, another setback to report tonight. a suicide bombing has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan's second largest city. the mayor who, by the way, was a dual afghan u.s. citizen was killed when an assassin detonated explosives hidden in his turban as the mayor met with tribal elders. >>> we have been reporting this week on the famine affecting millions in the horn of africa. today, a plane carrying the first airlift of urgently needed nutritional supplements landed in somalia. the shipment will be distributed to medical facilities to help starving children. >>> when we come back, the troubled life and far too early death of an olympian we got to know in vancouver, speedy as he was, he couldn't outrun his demons. >>> and later, closing the doors of an american institution after more than 100 years. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers a superior le
personal struggles. >>> the new secretary of defense in afghanistan with a striking new assessment of al qaeda. >>> final edition for a tabloid caught up in its own scandal. is there more to come? >>> and royal treatment. will and kate bring their charming style to the u.s. carrying on a long family tradition. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. betty ford, a former dancer, stay-at-home mom of four, and wife of a michigan congressman, never could have imaged the strange circumstances that in 1974 would land her and her husband, gerald ford, into the white house, but for a role she was unprepared for, first lady of the united states, she made a lot of it and changed thousands if not millions of lives in the process. betty ford died last night in california at the age of 93. she was known for speaking her mind, even when it didn't jive with her husband's political agenda, but she is best remembered for putting a public face to some awfully personal struggles and inspiring americans, particularly women, in ways no other first lady had. >>> at the ford museum in g
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took the stake to reenlist. david petraeus is about to become the next cia director and was there to say goodbye and thank you. >> under out that can never thank you enough. >> -- america can never say thank you and not. -- enough. >> nasa says it will be flying its air pollution research flight again tomorrow. the large plane carries nine scientific instruments that measure air quality. if you see that low-flying aircraft, there is no cause for concern. it will take place over the baltimore-washington corridor. >> there is much more ahead. >> a big welcome home for heroes returning home from war. we will take you to their arrival. >> md. special olympians are having a great day. >> there are some scattered storms out to our west. we will see how close they get tonight. it is 87 at the airport. [ female announcer ] keurig brews more than just hot coffee. now you can brew over ice for delicious iced coffee or tea. hot or cold, keurig is the way to brew everyone's favorite cup in under a minute. choose. brew. enjoy. keurig. i am playing with my fr
. a motive is not known. he said his brother's death represents the misery every afghanistan family basis. an army ranger will become the second living recipient of a medical of honor from the afghan/iraq wars. he lost his right hand in 2008 while throwing an enemy grenade away from fellow soldiers. a fellow rangers says it is not work -- if not for his action to of the rangers would have been seriously injured or killed. barack obama will present the metal to the dad of four this afternoon. a new car gives hybrid a new meaning. it has wings by the way. some chains are cracking down on extreme too onerous. we will explain in consumer alert. >> high heat and humidity. waiting for a much-needed relief from the heat. i will come up with that in the forecast. the harbor at 89. humidity is 57%. the full forecast coming up here y. >> john produce here to answer your plant questions. stay with us. >> a massachusetts company has a new way to beat the morning commute, applying car. take a look. a fully-functioning car with wings that unfold turning it into an airplane. the vehicle runs on regular
prices. >> the defense secretary gets a crash course in iraq and afghanistan. find out what happened. >> scanlan brings a long running tabloid to a shameful anend. >> i am live in little italy previewing restaurant week which is weeks away. we will talk about some amazing dishes. >> we are tracking a new problem in parkville. we will check for problems el [ bailiff ] fee court is now in session. come on out, guys. the jury has reached its decision. now, you guys found the other airline guilty of charging a 150-dollar change fee. you bet! southwest would never do that. and that was after she changed her flight and paid the difference in airfare. that other airline treated her wrong. she was understandably upset. well, who can afford a 150-dollar change fee? he was surprised with the verdict. you got that right. [ male announcer ] don't pay a change fee on top of a fare difference. fly southwest, the only major airline that never charges change fees. >> good morning. here is a live look outdoors. 78 degrees. blue skies out there as the sun comes up. we're talking about a possible storm
, murder victims, and fallen soldiers. tony just found out that his son james who died in afghanistan in 2006 may not only have had his cell phone hacked into, but also his e-mail. >> they have hacked into a dead soldier, it's despicable. what else would you say? what on earth did they think they were going to find? >> reporter: in the words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them, politicians to represent them and the news to inform them. these people have been failed by all three. >>> in the middle east where fridays are typically the biggest day for protests, following friday prayers, hundreds of thousands were out on the streets of syria again demanding regime change, and in egypt, protesters are back in the streets, back in tahrir square. it's been five months now since mubarak was forced out, we were there to cover it. there was so much hope back then, but there's now growing anger over the pace of change and growing concern over who holds the power. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel finds himself back in tahrir square once again tonight. richa
months in afghanistan. >> i did not expected to be this give. it is amazing. frawley service members who did not come home. this is for them. >> -- for all the service members who do not kamal. >> care packages have been sent for a month. sunday was her first introduction. >> i cannot wait to welcome him back. >> they finally met. their long distance friendship now an unbreakable bond. the group that organized the whole event and a huge difference for the troops and the veterans. >> three days before he was deployed, he walked in asking for support, asking him to send can do for the afghan children and for school supplies. we decided to make this a benefit to sell but chris's homecoming. >> he is looking for to wait well-deserved break after fighting for our freedom. >> in california, it was no wedding dress, no tax year, no flowers. a soldier married the woman of his dreams over the phone. >> you have come before me today to be united in marriage. >> rental blake is serving a year tour of duty in afghanistan. they could not wait before he got home to get married. they were married over
visit to iraq. he said afghanistan and iraq are places that deserve his attention. the white house thinks some u.s. military presence beyond the end of the years when almost all troops are scheduled to leave. >> philip try again. congressional leaders have back to the white house -- they will try again today. kate amara is live with more. >> good morning. deal or no deal? the answer right now is no deal at right now. there will keep debating the debt limit at toxic the white house this afternoon. >> this is the same shot you ready yesterday. will likelyhoto op look the same. the august 2 default deadline is looming. >> now is the time to deal with these issues. if not now, when? >> no agreement has been reached. no progress has been made. still far apart on a deal to reduce the deficit and raise the debt ceiling. >> i want to do what i think is in the best interest of the country. it takes two to tango. >> republicans are pushing for more spending cuts. >> i don't care if recall what expenditures and our tax code or revenues. these are taxes on our job creators. >> taxes must be pa
died in iraq and afghanistan in tonight's making a difference report, we meet an exceptional group of women who have lost their husbands or fiances in those wars and have joined forces to help themselves heal and to embrace life. nbc's peter alexander has their story. >> reporter: they are fun-loving and fearless. a brave group of women with something else in common, too. they are all military widows. who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was i love you more than life itself. >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world i just felt like they didn't want to embrace who i was. which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind, i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing, taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talking alone wasn't enough. soon,
in the air force, including tours in afghanistan and iraq. congressman, welcome very much. >> thanks. >> happy to have you. and welcome to everyone. doris, sometimes satire can be the most damning in terms of summing up where we are. "the onion" newspaper has this headline this week -- "congress continues debate over whether or not nation should be economically ruined." if the question is whether washington is broken, make the case that the answer is yes. >> i think there's no question it's broken. you know, our country was created on the principle of compromise. think about it. the states versus the federal government, senate versus house, north versus south. and i remember once, one of the old framers was asked, what is the three principles of this new government you've created? well, the first is compromise, the second is compromise, the third is compromise. something's happened where compromise has become a terrible word in washington. it's partly because the parties have become more ideologically separated. henry clay was the great compromiser. lincoln's idol was henry clay. now
at the air base turned transit center for troops in afghanistan got a taste of home with a holiday cookout yesterday complete with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. on board overseas, protecting our independence the troops also enjoyed games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, all to celebrate the fourth. and a little bit of what is that salsa? >> i don't know. whatever it is, it doesn't matter. it's fun. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everyone. we had some big storms around last night. we have some sprinkles left behind. let's look of the current conditions. partly cloudy skies. temperatures in the low 70's. 71 at the airport. a mixture of sunshine and clouds on this fourth of july. a slight chance for some thunderstorms. the best chance would be latest in the day. upper 80's and low 90's. we will check the seven-day forecast in just a few minutes. >> thank you. 71 degrees on tv hill. how close all lawmakers to reaching an
moore stationed in afghanistan recently posted a clip on youtube asking kunis to go with him. encouraged by recent co-star justin timberlake, kunis said i'll do it, agreeing to be the sergeant's date. >>> this comes to us from massachusetts where drivers of one new car can take off in more ways than one. the federal government has given the green light for the transition. america's first flying car to hit the roads and runways. it's a two-seat prop plane that can fly the friendly skies and transform to hit the highway as a four-wheel roadster. they're expected to roll out next year with a $250,000 price tag, giving drivers a costly option for beating traffic jams. >>> meet the future, bill. this is going to be -- >> it's the jetsons have finally come true. >> have i my silver pointy dress to put on. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. after some big storms last night, things have settled down. it will be a hot and humid day. 73 in parkton. 74 degrees in jericho. ho
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather from the weather channel's maria la rosa. >> here at home, the weather is quiet, at least for now. as we head into the afternoon, a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. otherwise, partly cloudy. >>> willie, back to you. >> maria, thanks. >>> new details this morning about the apparent unraveling of the sexual assault case against former imf chief dominick strauss-kahn. this just days after he was suddenly released from house arrest. nbc's jeff rossen is with us with more. jeff, good morning. >> willie, good morning to you. he really hit the town
forces in afghanistan spent its fourth of july with troops there on his last independence day celebration in a uniform. general petraeus spoke at reenlistment ceremonies. soldiers talked about how they felt protecting their country this independence day. >> you feel the honor, especially when you have a general like general petraeus. it makes it feel a lot more important to me. >> petraeus also said today that the focus of troops will move from caliban strongholds to the border of pakistan. unintended consequences, tonight to new research shows that a diet soda may have the opposite defect. >> to say that there is no evidence to connect casey anthony to kaylee's death ignores all of the evidence. >> tonight you will hear prosecutors last pitch to send the defendant to death row. >> most of the ring is to the south and west of us. find out where the rain is and the forecast coming up just a minute. honey, why aren't you playing with your friends? i am playing with my friends. hey, mrs. d... joseph? sarah! it's mommy's turn now. let's go. [ male announcer ] the average home has over four in
debt -- director. he is expected to complete in afghanistan before starting in september. he is credited with leading the search that saba's the u.s. war in iraq. -- salvaged the u.s. war in iraq. >> jack young may have a challenger in the upcoming election. the former owner of the center theatre said he wants to be the city's second in command. we have to night's commitment 2011 report and joins us live from city hall. sheldon? >> we are in the process of forming the necessary paperwork but announced his intent to run earlier this afternoon. even though he has been escorted out of city twice in last week and a half he hopes to occupy an office in this building. no visible supporters at his side, he announced his candidacy from north baltimore. >> by tuesday at 930 i will file to run to -- i will file for the privilege of being the next city council president in the great city of baltimore. >> although he did not lay out in a campaign or platform ideas he said he would not take money from developers. the former owner of the signature theater distinguished himself from current
the ongoing combat in afghanistan. mexico matmatters. it's the most important country along with canada on the face of the earth. >> gang violence claumed the lives of 15,000 people last year alone. it's estimatedt 1200ó[Ñiw3Ñiw3 president felipe calderon declared war on organized crime in 2006, some 40,000 people have been killed in the cross-fire of gangs fighting for lucrative drug routes into the united states. >> this is not just a drug fight. this is a struggle for the future of mexico. >> reporter: but with so much rampant killing, many question the mexican government's ability to successfully win its war on drugs. kevin tibbles, nbc news, new york. >>> back now on this side of the border, for all their glamour, the duke and duchess of cambridge, william and kate, spent part of this day in one of the less glamorous parts of los angeles as they wrapped up their visit to north america. nbc's kate snow is there for us tonight. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it is just about over now. the duke and duchess just arriving at l.a.x. they will be leaving shortl
was revenge for the u.s. army getting involved in iraq and the afghanistan. workers began construction today in front of the world trade center building downtown. the structure will honor the thousands of lives lost during the 911 attacks. it includes special materials. >> the idea for the marble is to create a dignified resting place for the steel. the steel is 22 feet long, three pieces of twisted steel from the north tower of the world trade center. we are laying it down on this marble so that it has a dignified place. >> the monument will bear the names of the 68 maryland years -- marylanders killed on 9/11. it will open the september 11. a lot of controversy surrounding the city fire academy. sources to come forward with new complaints beyond cheating. they could cost the academy its accreditation. more on the exclusive story we first broke on wbaltv.com. >> in march 2010, a routine yearly audit discovered record discrepancies. the agency surprised her medics and the antis. they put the fire academy on provisional status. it allowed the economy to operate for a year until the discrepanc
of american and coalition forces in afghanistan. he steps down after a mixed year in charge of more than 140,000 international troops in the country. he was the architect of the strategy that aimed to bring peace through an emphasis on protecting the local population and decisive strikes against insurgents. he is headed to washington to lead the cia. he will be replaced by general john allen. for the first time in three years, casey anthony woke up a free woman. >> she is not worth the time of day. she is dead in my room. >> an angry crowd gathered outside the jail early saturday morning and scream as the florida mother was released. her whereabouts has kept -- have been kept secret for the last 36 hours. the 24-year-old received numerous death threats, but a lawyer told about the today show" that she is safe. a new study finds that you can worry a bit less when sending them off -- sending kids off with a grandma and grandpa. changes in how california is maki >> a tour bus crash in new york kills two and injures dozens. the bus left washington, d.c. sunday morning as stop in pennsylvania for
. $1 trillion would come from the winding down of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. with one week to default. >> we believe this is not a serious effort to address deficit and debt. it should be defeated. we want to be engaged with the president. >> the proposal cannot pass the senate and will not and will not reach the president's desk. >> some republicans criticized the plan saying it does not cut enough. with the default deadline one week away, we went to washington to hear what the leaders you sent to capitol hill have to say. we're on federal hill. >> lawmakers are fed up and they talked about the need for compromise. that word comes up over and over again. congress and the white house are no closer to a deal. >> dozens rallied outside in frederick. they're calling for an end to the debt ceiling debate. they acknowledge ordinary americans are frustrated and angry. >> the majority of the members are prepared to compromise. the speaker needs to bring in the extreme elements of the republican party and say it is time to compromise. >> you ought to be able to reach agreement. the
sacrifice in afghanistan. he lost his hand picking up an insurgent's grenade to save two fellow soldiers. risking his life netted petry an invitation to the white house where he was saluted for his courage and bestowed the honor of becoming the only second living serviceman to be awarded the medal of honor since the vietnam war. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. we're off to a quiet start on this wednesday morning. the humidity has come down since yesterday afternoon. under partly cloudy skies, 84 downtown. 74 in parkton. a warm start for us. we will stake into the low 90's with a mixture of sunshine and clouds. -- we will sneak into the low 90's. we have better news in the picture as we head towards the end of the week. >> thank you. 75 degrees on tv hill. a presidential hopeful announces he will retire to focus on the campaign. >> police are still looking for a suspect in the abduction of a boy. a motive is becoming more clear. >> high-stak
to iraq and afghanistan before but never as defense secretary, that happened this weekend, he's only been on the job for 11 days and already those traveling with him say there's been an unmistakable change at the top at the pentagon. jim miklaszewski is traveling with him and tonight has an exclusive interview with the secretary. >> reporter: the new secretary of defense leon panetta surveyed iraq from a u.s. military helicopter today and was trou e troubled by the landscape below. troops scheduled to withdraw by the end of the are caught up again in the war. panetta told a gathering of soldiers today the killing must end. >> my first responsibility as secretary of defense is to make damned sure that we do everything necessary to protect you. >> reporter: panetta pressured iraq's top officials to send iraqi military officials out to hunter down attackers. in an interview with nbc news, he said if not, american combat forces would do the job. >> all i can tell you is i do have the authority and the responsibility to defend u.s. soldiers. >> reporter: this is panetta's second trip to visit
gets paid and what doesn't. that's causing anxiety from wall street to the battle fields of afghanistan. as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, discovered for himself today, nbc's jim wikachenski is traveling with him. >> reporter: here at the hot spots of kandahar, american soldiers and marines are still dodging bullets, rockets and road side bombs every day. amazingly, when they had a chance to throw questions at the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, their number one concern was the ongoing debate back home over the debt ceiling. >> the checkbook is not unlimited. >> reporter: admiral mullen told soldiers at kandahar that if the talks failed they'd still have to fight but they might not get paid. >> there are plenty of you that are living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating impact and it can have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: at camp leatherneck, mullen told marines given the state of the u.s. economy, all the services face a cutback in the size of the force, and maybe e
, but that includes predicted savings from wars in iraq and afghanistan. at a speech today, the president walked the middle ground. >> neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to our debt. but both parties have a responsibility to come together and solve the problem. >> reporter: and one of the big issues for democrats is they say the republican plan would sort of expire before the president's re-election campaign, with another vote to raise the debt ceiling again, they say that would put us right back here. republicans say they need to guarantee that cuts would actually happen in the future to prevent more of a crisis. now, after all this wrangling, aides tell me the senior level negotiators in both parties are still talking, trying to find a way to close the gaps. and as you mentioned, brian, speaker boehner will follow the president tonight. he'll speak for about five minutes to lay out why he thinks his plan should get the public support. brian? >> kelly o'donnell setting the stage on capitol hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> our chief white house correspondent political d
in afghanistan, two in iraq, a married father of four, awarded the nation's highest military honor by saving the lives of fellow paratroopers by picking up a hand grenade and throwing it which cost him his forearm. this picture of the president shaking his new prosthetic hand. we wanted to show you how matter of fact he is about the new hand, which he loves to play with and talk about and demonstrate. >> it's wonderful. when i lost it, i thought i was going to have a hook, which i was content with. i mean i was happy the way i lost my hand, but nevertheless, to lose a hand. >> shake my hand with that. >> oh, yes. >> tell me how it feels for you. >> for me it feels like a normal hand shake. it uses the same muscles that i would to open and close. it's no change from what i did before. it took me a couple of hours to learn how to use it. >> if you haven't caught on by now, this is an exceptional guy. he has had the names of the fall fallen. we would like to urge you if you're so inclined to watch our full interview with this extraordinary soldier, it's on our website, nightly.msnbc.com. >>> ha
moment of unity. the army's 170th infantribury good day in afghanistan held its breath on every kick. while around the world, this was the cheer. >> usa! usa! >> usa! >> reporter: in new york's times square. >> they've got the guys rocking the women's jerseys. it feels really good. >> reporter: suburban los angeles. >> i look up to every single one of them. >> reporter: and a sports bar where expats and tourists stood for the national anthem. in the twitter verse, thousands of fans tweeted support including justin timberlake. lans armstrong and president obama who watched the game with his family. while in frankfurt dr. jill biden and chelsea clinton represented the white house. a former soccer mom herself. >> you must be so excited! >> reporter: biden thanked the parents of the team. >> it's the moms and the dads who are behind their children and who get them to where they are today. >> reporter: it was not the ending america hoped for. but for some, it was still satisfying. >> whoever wins, i'll be happy, to be honest. >> reporter: now, japan won the cup in plenty of hearts here in
on coney island. american warriors got a hearty welcome home. in afghanistan, in a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the new cia director and he was there to say goodbye and thank you. >> america can never thank you enough. >> americas 235th birthday. >> a big welcome home at the airport as 238 service members returned home. [applause] >> we were there as family and friends greeted at loved ones. volunteers have greeted more than 500 flights. you can help us honor your loved ones by sharing the photographs and videos access -- at wbaltv.com. >> good day to come home. if your prescriptions are filled electronically, it may be prone to mistakes. >> and medication known to help women with gastrointestinal problems can help with another problem. >> a quick and easy way to treat sun burn. >> it would not be the fourth of july without the annual parade. >> a new study shows a computer- generated medical prescriptions have as many errors as those written by hand. it was created to help prevent the mistakes that affect millions of
arrived in iraq for his first trip since taking office. he arrived after a trip to afghanistan. we've got more from baghdad. >> u.s. military officials say three or four rockets hit the green zone in baghdad early this morning. they are calling it a welcome shot for the visit by the secretary of defense, leon panetta. >> iraqi extremists being armed by iran our target in -- targeting and killing american forces. 15 soldiers were killed in iraq last month. one soldier said they're coming after us. in our interview, the secretary says he is demanding that iran back off and iraqi security forces stepped up to provide some protection for the americans. >> we are very concerned about iran and weapons that they are providing to extremists. the reality is we have seen that the results of that. in june, we lost a helluva lot of americans as a result of those attacks. >> if that does not happen, he has the sole authority to order u.s. military forces into action. that could mean american combat operations aimed at some of those extremists. but the problem is only going to get worse as the military
from iraq and afghanistan. small contractors are beating out lockheed martin for a contract on a technical services. the consultant says companies that are more agile might be able to compete more aggressively as the pentagon seeks to cut costs. the bloomberg maryland index falling. are you guilty of hotel soap syndrome? rich people are into stealing bars of hotel soap. xury brands.e lug three brand for wbal-tv 11 news. >> we all know what you eat in pregnancy is important for the mother and baby. women who take in too many carbohydrates could be at risk for gallbladder disease. woman who took in the highest not had more than double the risk for gallbladder disease. what pride women eat is crucial. >> what we should advise our patience is to increase the amount of carbohydrates you taken daily. getting rid of the cakes and candies and the chips and all those things that are high in starches and carbohydrates will benefit women. >> it is hard to not eat those delicious trees. family history play an important role on who develops gallbladder disease. for more of the interview,
of explosives at his motel room. he reportedly refused to deploy to afghanistan because of religious beliefs. he applied for a discharge. a pilot is rescued. he was pulled from the water onto a passing yacht. he made it within sight of the michigan shoreline. he was flying to wisconsin when his engine stalled and his plane crashed. >> a car slammed into a crowded store. the car drove straight through the front of the store. employees and customers scrambled. the teenage driver claimed his brakes were not working. police think it may have been in experience. this is the third car to crash just 24t count in hours. >> back to the drawing board. 5:12. 76 degrees on tv hill. how much is a tooth going for these days? >> hotels cracking down on the thieves. you will not be able to sneak away with pillows. my name is ashley. i was using cascade actionpacs. they just didn't have that brilliant shine. when i took the finish challenge, i could tell there was a difference. my dishes had a shine on them. i'm moving on to finish quantum. take the finish challenge for yourself. if you don't see a difference, i
for the fighting in iraq and afghanistan. investigators say his targets were fellow soldiers at ft. hood, texas police revealed today they arrested nasr jason abdu yesterday. in his room, atf agents found enough explosives to make at least two timebombs. >> i can tell you that we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped. >> reporter: in fact, he planned to set off bombs today, just outside the army post. it was a tip from the owner of this gun store that led to his arrest. they believe abdu was acting suspiciously, asking too many questions. the same store where army major hassan bought the gun in the 2009 shootings at ft. hood. last year while stationed in kentucky, he asked to be considered a conscientious objector. >> if you're going to be in the army, use this army regulation, because that's what it's here for. >> reporter: that was put on hold after child porn was found on his computer. no lawyer yet for abdu. >>> we turn to libya, where we learn that the rebel's military commander was killed today, just hours after being arrested by the rebel co
valor in afghanistan. he saved the lives of this company when he tossed a live grenade back and away from his injured comrades. that heroic act cost him his right hand. second surviving recipient among the group. >> some hopeful signs in the housing market. june home sales in the baltimore and surrounding areas were at their highest level in four years. nearly 2600 homes were under contract last month. despite the encouraging numbers, analysts are reluctant to say the market is turning around. if you subscribe to netflix, they're ready to pay more. is the unlimited streaming plan -- gone is the unlimited streaming plan. the changes kick in september 1 for the 23 million members. taking facebook by storm. jane king has more in the bloomberg business report. ch attack. hat atta booz allen hamilton this time. the activist group has told tens of thousands of encrypted military passwords. booz allen executive warned congress last year that if a cyber were broken, the u.s. would lose. more european debt issues weighing on stocks and that put a damper on things. the bloomberg maryland index
would go dark. paychecks for troops in afghanistan and iraq would stop. >> republicans plan to move forward with a plan to cut, cap, and balanced budgets. >> this legislation is the kind of thing washington needs right now. it may be the only option if you want to see the debt ceiling raised at all. >> the bill is unlikely to pass the senate. the president will probably feel it anyway. john boehner called the veto threat unfortunate. he said if we're going to raise the debt ceiling, the white house must be willing to demonstrate more courage then we have seen. both sides are posturing. there is optimism. president obama continued negotiating with republican leaders. >> any progress? >> this comes as senate leaders are crafting a fallback measure to increase the nation's credit limit. a plan both houses of congress are said to consider promising. harry reid said the senate will meet every day including weekends until the debt issue is resolved. kate amara, reporting. >> who is watching your tax money? many americans think we spend 10% for pensions and benefits but it is much less. yo
, much less left over for social security payments, to pay our soldiers who are in iraq and afghanistan. but that could send shivers through credit markets as the u.s. has had a huge loss in confidence. so if you borrow from your credit cards to buy a dishwasher, a car, or send your kids to school, that's going to become much, much more expensive. in the meantime, the government has this interest on its books and it's going to grow immensely. there's no reason we should be talking about making it harder for american families to pay its bills or the american government to pay its bills when it's already hard enough. >> and later we'll look at how to budget issues in some states are threatening summer. >>> another chapter is in the books in the widely watched saga of casey anthony following all the hubbub this week after she was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, this was sentencing day and while she escaped the murder charge, a trial, remember she was convicted on four counts of lying to police. and today, at her sentencing hearing, the judge delivered the maximum, though it sti
would go dark. paychecks for troops in afghanistan and iraq and other bases would stop. >> republicans plan to move forward with a plan to cut, cap, and balance the budget. >> this legislation is the kind of thing washington needs right now. it may be the only option if you want to see the debt ceiling raised at all. >> the bill is unlikely to pass the senate. the president will probably veto it anyway. john boehner called the veto threat unfortunate. he said if we're going to raise the debt ceiling, the white house must be willing to demonstrate more courage then we have seen. both sides are posturing. there is optimism. president obama continued negotiating with republican leaders. >> any progress? >> this comes as senate leaders are crafting a fallback measure to increase the nation's credit limit. a plan both houses of congress are said to consider promising. harry reid said the senate will meet every day including weekends until the debt issue is resolved. live in washington, this is kate amara reporting. >> 6:09. 77 degrees on tv hill. johns hopkins hospital once again the top fo
or afghanistan, but they are not the only ones of carrying the burden of military service. >> we so often hear people say, support the troops. we don't often hear them say, we support the families of the troops. is part of this making that awareness? >> yes. the military families are serving, as well. >> reporter: the cost of that service from the emotional anxiety of having a loved one at war to relocation and job changes, to home upkeep is what first lady, michelle obama, and dr. biden want people it know about. >> we went around the country for about two years and listened and heard about the problems and some of the things that we could do. >> whether you're a business leader -- >> reporter: in april they teamed up -- >> each of us can show our appreciation for everything these families do. >> reporter: to promote a white house initiative called joining forces. >> people don't know that someone in their neighborhood, their school, their church is deployed. here is a single mom or a single dad who is trying to take care of the kids and manage everything by themselves. >> reporter: mother of
in afghanistan and routinely cooperate with nato fo forces. as head of the kandahar provincial counsel, he had become a symbol of cronyism, attracting criticism to his brother's regime. >>> water main break break turned a city block into a lake leaving the residents near the university of louisville to little or no water mae pre sure. rest cents who still have water are being warned to boil it first. >>> this won't be conducted by "atlantis" astronauts. instead, two space station residents will execute it to retrieve a broken ammonia bump so it can be returned to earth for evaluation. meantime the landing plans have changed. it will now touchdown in the pre-dawn hours of july 21st at kennedy space center. >>> if you love show jumping but you want afford a horse, how about bunny hopping? that's just so wrong. it's become very popular in germany and scandinavia. bouncing bunnies leap over hurdles up to 16 inches high. the leash keeps them on course and keeps the male bunnies from misbehaving with the females, if you know what i mean. that's just not right. six minutes past the hour. back to al w
and no flowers as a soldier stationed in afghanistan married the woman of his dreams over the phone. >> you have come before me to be united in marriage. >> specialist blake in california serving a one-year tour of duty, he and his fiancee could not wait to get married. the retired chief petty officer married them over the phone. the newlyweds will see them in december when randall returns home. changing the way that parents can select their kids' school. at 10:00 we have details on how they are adjusting the process. plus? >> i do not want anyone to get away with this. >> one new hampshire grandmother made it clear when a naked intruder targeted her home. how did you fight >> certainly not something that you see every day. a naked man coming into your home. a bat-wieldinig granny took him out. >> he was standing there, but naked. >> a disturbing surprise for her set -- for this 70-year-old. a man broke in through the kitchen window, took off his clothes and made himself something to eat. >> i was afraid that he was dangerous. i could only think about my grandson. i had to protect him. >> she to
in afghanistan. >> i'm really excited. yeah. >> reporter: canada rolled out the red carpet for these royals. spectators, young and old, showed up for a glimpse of the glamorous pair. some waiting more than six hours. and kate's fashion influence filled the crowd. how important is she as a fashion icon? >> pretty important. >> pretty important. >> reporter: from fascinators to a tennis dress, and of course there were plenty of flowers for a potential future queen. >> she bent down and chatted with you, didn't she? >> she asked us what's our name. and she said the flowers were very pretty. >> reporter: would you like to look like her when you're grown up? >> yes. >> reporter: william and kate's trip reminded more than a few here of another royal couple, prince charles and diana visited the country in 1983 just a couple of years after they married. >> i was here covering charles and diana's trip to ottawa and william was just a baby at that time. so for me, it's quite poignant to come here, seeing him now married and representing his country. [ speaking french ] >> reporter: catering to the bi
in afghanistan and iraq. they have blogged on their website. >> i don't know what monkey butt is. >> very anti-monkey butt. >> basically chafing season. it gives you a red booty. this has calamine in it to stop the itching and talc to absorb. i'm just the messenger. but this is amazing. >> i learned way too much about monkey butt. >> bobbie thomas, thank you. >>> still to come this morning, they're crazy for tomatoes. they're plain old crazy. the scotto family whipping up an italian feast. but first, these messages. ♪ i can run just like the wind ♪ i will hide up in that tree ♪ no one will ever find me ♪ wish this day would never end ♪ ♪ would you like to be my friend? ♪ ♪ everybody's trying hard to catch me ♪ [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] only kleenex® brand has sneeze shield in all its tissues to help catch sneezes in their tracks so kids can pass on the fun of being a kid. sneeze shield your kids wherever they go. now in new convenient on-the-go packs. ♪ that comes from a leafkids sweet surprise ♪rue love ♪ ♪ it's natural, guilt-free no artificiality ♪ ♪ it
olds all have a parent that have done multiple tours in iraq or afghanistan. guess what they like best about the women's team. >> they don't give up. >> reporter: it's their hallmark says espn analyst, a member of the '99 team. >> to show this courage and this feistiness and this will to just persevere when everything is against you will be, i think, their legacy, if they can win this game on sunday. >> reporter: but the americans have already achieved a big victory. they're regarded than more just world class women soccer players, world class soccer players, period. >> the women are now being appreciated for what they wanted to be appreciated all along. simply their skill as athletes. >> reporter: skills, they hope, will bring home the cup. now, this morning the team has gotten encouragement, tweets of encouragement from justin timberlake and lance armstrong and today a white house delegation arrived here led by dr. jill biden and including chelsea clinton and they met with family members of the team to let them know how proud their country is and how much the country is behind this s
in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian counselingh center, it's raising questions about that clinic's t
their own financial security. in afghanistan, concerned troops asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff about what missing the deadline would mean to them. >> if paychecks would stop it would have a devastating impact and have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: visitors waiting to tour the capitol also weighed in. >> social security, we don't know what will happen with that. >> it's ridiculous that our lawmakers can't come to some kind of consensus on what is best for the country. >> now, lester, as the schedule stands today, harry reid hopes to have a vote at 1:00 p.m. on a potential compromise deal. here's what congressional sources can tell us about this deal. it would look like the following. the debt limit would be extended by $1 trillion immediately. it would then be increased by $2.8 trillion for 2012 and then a special bipartisan commission would be in charge of finding additional $1.8 trillion in cuts to get up to 2.8 and if that commission fails by christmas widespread cuts for medicare and defense and both painful cuts and defense for republicans and m
angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> ann thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. >> i was working yesterday in the newsroom. no one was working. everyone was cheering. we got it on the air. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the mo
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